Seth Davis, a college basketball analyst who works for CBS and Sports Illustrated, happened to catch pictures from UFC 154 this weekend. It was apparently too much for Davis, because he sent out these tweets to his 108,068 followers:
Looking on news sites showing picture of two muscular bloody men in homoerotic fighting pose….Sorry, I'll never get this UFC thing.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 18, 2012
Maybe I'm a prude on this but I'm also a dad. I don't mind my sons watching boxing, but I wouldn't want them watching a UFC bout. — Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 18, 2012
He later apologized and deleted the tweets, but his ignorant thoughts were out there. He could have taken the time to learn about the sport, about how MMA fighters take less blows to the head than boxers, or how many people love MMA. Instead, he took the low road.
Both of the outlets Davis works for cover MMA. CBS was the first network to air MMA when they were partnered with Elite XC. It would not have been difficult for Davis to learn about MMA.
Here's the thing: I don't like college basketball. When the rest of the country goes insane over March Madness, I head to the NCAA wrestling tournament. I'll watch my alma mater play out of loyalty, but that's about it.
But I don't deny that the athletes who play the sport are full of heart and athleticism. I don't rip it as something sexual, even when athletes find themselves tangled up when going for the ball. I don't make uneducated statements about who should or shouldn't be watching the game. I don't disrespect the athletes, coaches and fans who do care about the sport.
It was nice of Davis to apologize, but it's sad that he had to share these thoughts in the first place.